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After listening to Kaitlin Butts’ pure and simple country music, it is obvious that she is not riding the fence where her music is concerned. With vocals that throw you back to the honesty of early female honky-tonkers, and with that nostalgia refreshingly uncontrived, this Oklahoman sings her songs with 50 years of heartbreak in her voice, though she is not even half that age.
In 2014, Kaitlin entered Red Dirt artist and producer, Mike McClure’s Boohatch Studio to begin recording her album, Same Hell, Different Devil. Kaitlin was able to have some of her favorite Oklahoma musicians on the album such as Whiskey Myers’ Jon Knudson, Alan Orebaugh, as well as Grammy-award winner, Lloyd Maines. The project was mixed and mastered by Joe Hardy who has worked with artists such as ZZ Top, Steve Earle and Turnpike Troubadours. The new album draws the listener into the stories of love and fun, as well as to the darker corners of life, like heartbreak, revenge, jealousy, and the inevitable whiskey drunk. Same Hell, Different Devil was released in late February, 2015, and a tour of regional radio and shows featuring Same Hell, Different Devil is underway.
This rebellious redhead has supported artists such as The Great Divide, John Fullbright, Mike McClure, Aaron Watson, Zane Williams, Wade Bowen, Cody Canada, and Cody Jinks. She has performed at SXSW, Gypsy Café Music Festival, Norman Music Festival, and OKC Fest, where she was named an artist to watch by NewsOK. Kaitlin is also a frequent performer at the Centennial Rodeo Opry, Oklahoma’s “Official Country Music Show.”
Kaitlin’s music has recently received praise from Oklahoma/ Texas Music blog, Red Dirt/Blue Collar, who wrote that “in a short time, Kaitlin has managed to become one of the most promising, young Oklahoma songwriters to demand their due attention.” The article also stated that “Same Hell, Different Devil serves as a showcase to this young ladies incredible songwriting skill and powerful vocal prowess. Exhibiting a maturity in her lyrics well beyond the reach of her 21 years of age, so many of the songs on this album will certainly leave listeners wondering which of the ghosts of songwriters past this girl has tapped in to.”